Here is an article about Evangelical Feminism by Anne Graham Lotz. It talks about the legendary women serving God with their whole hearts and not looking back. They accepted their roles and made the best of them. These women include Biblical figures such as Sara, Abraham’s wife, Ruth, Esther, and even some figures from today’s culture like Ruth Graham who was Billy Graham’s wife. I applaud the look at these women and the respect they deserve for their achievements. But I’d also like to take things down a notch. Of course they were wonderful. But what about the average woman who overreacted to her kid spilling milk down her Sunday skirt just as they are leaving for church. Or the woman who wants to serve God in a bigger way, but feels like He doesn’t want her to. What kind of legend does God have waiting for us?
I heard these words at church from a teacher, “Sorry Ladies, that’s what the Bible says.” This comment concerned me. First and foremost we should never apologize for the Word of God. Then we must also understand, the Day of Pentecost changed everything for women. I’d like to take you to the Word and show you for yourself. But first, for all those women thinking that God is a chauvinist and He wants us bare-foot, pregnant and married so we can serve Him…welcome to a new perspective. 🙂
I am Woman, Hear My Prayer
The King James Version of the Bible (my recommended version) does not delineate the difference between “Man,” as a non-gender specific term like all human kind, and “Man” the male. The Greek does this, but the KJV did not. Why? Culture. It was written in 1611 in England. The revised versions came and went but still there was never a correction to those Greek terms.
I love allowing the Word to speak for itself.
“Then Peter opened [his] mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:” Acts 10:34
This means He is no respecter of the stature, place in society, slave, freeman, woman or man.
Next; who did Jesus Christ tell this next foundational statement too?
“But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him God [is] a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship [him] in spirit and in truth.” John 4:23-24
A Samaritan Woman who gave him water to drink at Jacob’s well. So the Father would send the Spirit of Truth to us. Great. What happened after that?
Let’s go to Acts.
“Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.” Acts 2:6
“And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?” Acts 2:8
This was the phenomenal account of when the Apostles stood up and spoke to everyone in their own language. It is the first record in the Bible of anyone manifesting the Holy Spirit by way of a new language. I’d like to take your attention to the word “man” I have highlighted. This is the Greek word, heis meaning, mankind, person. It is a non-gender specific term. Every person who heard them speak in this language heard it in their own native tongue. Wow. That means, children, women, men everyone. Wow! God didn’t just pour out the occurence on the men in the area. It went out to everyone. Women too. I’m starting to suspect that God wants women involved. Are you?
How about what Peter stood and said next.
“And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:” Acts 2:17-18
He was quoting the prophet Joel. “All” means…some of them? Only the men? Only the adults? No, it means all men, women and children. Is there such a thing as Junior Holy Spirit? Hmm…Nope. Look what Peter said next.
“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye (you all) shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost (Spirit).” Acts 2:38
The gift of Holy Spirit is a gift. The gift is non-gender, non-age specific. This gift of Holy Spirit is the seed of God in us that makes us His kids forever. It marks us for eternity as God’s children. It’s spiritual DNA.
Isn’t it such a relief to see God’s perspective on the matter of gender. He saved all of us. He made all of us whole again. He wanted daughters and sons. God is the greatest freedom giver there ever could be because in that moment, none of the rules and cultural differences apply. God freed womankind as well as mankind. He didn’t give the woman less of the measure of the gift of Holy Spirit. It’s exactly the same amount.
So what are you waiting for? Don’t burden God’s gift with mankind’s opinions. Get out there and use what He gave you. He gave you the spirit of truth, love and power. He poured HIMSELF into you! So join me today and be legendary in God’s freedom.
God Blessed You!